New Order is an exhibition and series of public programs curated by Rory Hyde and Katja Novitskova for Mediamatic in Amsterdam, winter 2011-12.
The energy crisis has been solved, and the climate crisis is a non-issue. The world looks very different to ours, and yet seems normal to those who live in it.
In this post carbon world, energy is understood not as merely electrical power but in all its various stages and phases: mineral, organic and cultural. It can be compared to the new and social media of today; as a form of currency.
New Order will explore the implications of energy's new role in our daily lives. How does it influence our interaction with the city, with public and private power structures, with products, art, and other crossing points of energy and social values?
A catalogue for the show has been published as a special insert in Volume magazine: Centres Adrift. It features all the projects in the show, plus a catalogue essay, a new text on Martti Kalliala's Radiant Beach by German novelist Ingo Nierman, an interview with Chris Lee and Femke Herregraven by Marc Tuters, and an essay by Sascha Pohlflepp titled 'Pre-Enactment'.
Rory Hyde Projects was awarded in the 2011 UTS Open Agenda research architecture prize for the project 'Potential Futures for Design Practice'.
This submission builds upon research in progress into practitioners occupying emergent roles at the edge of architecture and design, and seeks to develop these ideas visually in the form of posters.
One of the unspoken assumptions underlying these ‘potential futures’ is that they are positive. But what if the responsibility that these new roles entailed were to be misused? As such, each new role is bracketed by a positive and a negative slogan - competing manifestos that question the direction these roles could take.
The backgrounds to these posters are formed from images from the ‘real’ world - not of design’s rarified bubble - but of protest, nature, crisis and the surging city in all it’s complexity. Overlaid on these images are architectural proportional systems including the golden spiral and Le Corbusier’s Modulor. The mismatch between these supposed ‘systems of control’ and the images they accompany illustrates the vanity of architects’ attempts to impose order on the necessarily chaotic and uncontrollable world.
Architects of the future will need to look beyond the formal and proportional to deploy skills of politics, economy, social engagement, marketing and diplomacy if they are to enact meaningful change.
Exhibited at Sydney's Customs House Gallery from the 19th of October 2011. Thanks to Anthony Burke and Rebecca Thomas at UTS. Installation photo by Peter Murphy.
Al Manakh 2: Gulf Continued is a publication examining the architecture, urbanism, economy and society of the Gulf region. With 120 contributors, largely drawn from the region itself, Al Manakh 2 is an informed and comprehensive study of the Gulf just as its future is challenged by the financial crisis of 2009.
The Spoke-O-Dometer broadcasts the current speed and cumulative distance of a cyclist from the wheel of the bike. The device calculates this information in real time via a small computer, and uses ‘persistence of vision’ technology – LED’s that flash in a specific sequence as the wheel spins – to produce the display. Exposing this information creates the potential for new social interactions between cyclists and the public.
By broadcasting the current speed and cumulative distance of a cyclist – figures we are used to seeing associated with cars – we hope to spread greater awareness of the significant role bikes play in moving people around the city.
The Spoke-O-Dometer is completely open-source – instructions on how to build your own are documented on the project website Open Source Urbanism.
Can a very large building engage meaningfully with a sensitive urban context?
Smith Street Redux is an alternative scheme for the controversial Banco development proposed for Smith Street in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Collingwood in 2004. The council denied the project a permit after receiving a record 1500 objections from local residents due to scale, noise, traffic, programmatic and design concerns.
Rather than shy away from the scale of this proposal, Smith Street Redux uses this original brief as a starting point while taking into consideration these residents objections, recommendations, and the character of the area.
Strategies for engaging with this sensitive context include drawing upon local iconic architecture, most notably the black and white stripes of the nearby Victoria Park stadium, in an attempt to invest the new scheme with some of the cultural pride of the area, and by retaining the ‘neighbourhood characters‘, or the traders that currently occupy the strip of tenancies on the site.
All of the existing program plus a large amount of community program and public open space is accomodated within a built envelope smaller than that originally proposed by Banco, achieved by replacing the inefficient single bedroom apartments with a number of 3 bedroom share-house style apartments.
The architectural response is not polite and does not try to please everyone, but instead favours a ‘tough contextualism‘ that is more interesting and appropriate to the distinct and individual character of Smith Street.
Major project for the completion of Bachelor of Architecture at RMIT University, 2005. Awards: Anne Butler Medal for Excellence in Design and the RAIA / SJB Practice Prize. Supervisors: Stuart Harrison, Graham Crist and Conrad Hamann.
Explorers of the poles in the early 20th century survived with the most meager of materials by exploiting the most abundant resource: snow. Douglas Mawson’s generous base in the Antarctic was simply a lightweight timber hut that derived its practicality by being covered in this natural insulator.
In contrast, contemporary habitation units for extreme environments are tiny, fixed in form, assembled off-site and delivered as a closed system. Our proposal for the Arctic Perspective Initiative competition was to re-conceive the habitation unit as more open and flexible by drawing upon these lessons of the past.
A service pod containing airlock, kitchen, bathroom, batteries and water recycling is towed to site. Power and communications poles are then positioned around this core. Two ETFE balloons are then inflated from the services core, bulging around the poles to create rooms. This inflated armature is then covered in snow with a blower to provide insulation and structure, resulting in a customizable, generous and affordable research base.
Team: Rory Hyde, Tobias Natrass-Pond and MB-Studio